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NATURALIZED CITIZEN RULE AT EUROBASKET 2015 IS A JOKE & EURO TEAMS SHOULD JUST TRY TO WIN A MEDAL WITH PLAYERS THAT HAVE HERITAGE TO THEIR NATION PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 00:51

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EJBB talked about the naturalized rule on the NBA.COM Hang Time podcast with Sekou Smith and Lang Whitaker, before the 2014 FIBA World Cup and the fact that Croatia was going with USA PG Oliver Lafayette, to run things from the top of the key, which would mean less time for Sixers first round pick Dario Saric to use the best part of his game, as a point-forward, shaking bigger guys of the dribble from the top of the key and setting up Croatian teammates, like explosive SG Mario Hezonja, who played with FC Barcelona at the time of the World Cup. Hezonja got few minutes on the court at the World Cup and Dario Saric got few touches at the top of the key, as Croatia went with American PG Lafayette, to try and win a medal.  This article is not a shot at Lafayette, or past American PG Bo McCalebb who in 2011 Eurobasket, led Macedonia to a 4th place finish, with his EXPLOSIVE drives to the hoop and a huge upset over Lithuania, but could Macedonian fans really stick their chest out in victory versus Lithuania and other Euro clubs at 2011 Eurobasket, knowing that Bo McCalebb was the main man doing MOST the damage ?

Oliver Lafayette, Bo McCalebb in the past and now Bobby Dixon, who is playing for the Turkish national team at Eurobasket 2015, are just getting exposure and more money, using a STUPID rule, that lets players of other nations play for another nation, as those nations, like Croatia, Macedonia, Russia and Turkey, try to win a medal AT ANY COST, cutting players with heritage to those nations and letting USA PG's run the show from the top of the key.

Greece has PG Nick Calathes on the 2015 roster and Center Kostas Koufos, both born in the USA, but both have parents with heritage to Greece, as the Greek roster, just like Serbia, Lithuania, go with PG's with heritage to those nations, leading their nations from the top of the key, so if their is an upset, say versus USA in 2006, their is not that little doubt that it really happened, just like the Macedonia versus Lithuania upset in 2011 with McCalebb going off, or the 2007 Eurobasket Final upset by Russia versus Spain, as USA PG J.R Holden hit the game winning jumper for Russia to grab the Gold medal.

This is not the first time that Turkey is cutting players of their own to go with so called NATURALIZED citizens, as is the past Bosnian-Slovenian SF Emir Preldzic played for Turkey and now Bobby Dixon, who reminds of Dallas Mavs PG J.J Barea, is the man at the top of the key, but in the end, using USA PG's will not advance a nations basketball program and if an upset does happen at Eurobasket 2015 or the 2016 Olympics, the total pride will not be there if say another USA PG, like J.R Holden of the past, hits the game winner for a tainted Gold medal.

Bobby Dixon will guide Turkey, but Croatia will be without Oliver Lafayette this year, as the USA PG just hurt his knee and will not play at this Eurobasket, which will mean more minutes for the young duo of PF Dario Saric and Orlando Magic rookie SG Mario Hezonja, as both can make plays off the dribble from the top of the key, as Dario Saric showed more of with Cibona, than he was let to do with Anadolu Efes last year and Croatian PG's Roko-Leni Ukic and Rok Stipcevic can get more minutes also.  Oliver Lafayette is a nice defender, but taking the ball out of the hands of Dario Saric and Mario Hezonja, for a USA player to take minutes from Ukic, Stipcevic, Hezonja or Marko Tomas is just the wrong path to try and win a medal and for Croatian fans and players to have total PRIDE in an upset win.

The naturalized citizen rule is no longer needed, if nations truly want to feel pride in a HUGE UPSET WIN like Greece had in 2006, with players of heritage to Greece and not the HALF PRIDE of Bo McCalebb shaking guys off the dribble for Macedonia, or J.R Holden hitting the Gold medal winning jumper, it is not the USA players faults, but the RULE is just STUPID.

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